This Weekend Around Oak Park


Any homeowner would agree that having something happen to his/her property when out of the house is a helpless, bothersome feeling. By now you might have heard about the house fire on Pleasant Street last Sunday that left several pets trapped inside when the owners were away. When I first received word of this story, my heart sank and I could only imagine how the homeowners felt.

But then something remarkable happened. The heroes in fire retardant coats arrived and extinguished the flames as quickly as possible. At the same time, they rescued a hedgehog, turtles, fish, and a monumental dog by the name of Romulus by resuscitating him back to life. It’s incredible to think that the respondents cared enough to bring the pets to safety and administer oxygen to a canine that weighs over 100 pounds.

It’s nice to have an uplifting piece of news hit the headlines. Too often it seems that something negative dominates the paper/blog/channel. Luckily, Oak Park is a community that comes together when crisis is afoot. At AOP, we feel proud to celebrate a silver lining such as this and we hope you do too. We’ve compiled a few ideas meant to inspire you to get out and about. Here are a few things happening this weekend AOP:

Outlet Dance Company at Madison Street Theatre
The Outlet Dance Company will perform its first spring concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 at Madison Street Theatre, located at 1010 Madison St. in Oak Park. For more information, visit

Authors Adam Selzer and Michael Glover come to Forest Park
Adam Selzer and Michael Glover will do a discussion and signing from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, located at 7419 W. Madison Street in Forest Park. The discussion topic is Flicking Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. film industry.

Super Hero Week at Wonder Works Children’s Museum
Wonder Works Children’s Museum is celebrating Super Hero Week and invites guests to come dressed as their favorite super hero or to design their own masks and costumes. The museum is located at 6445 W. North Avenue in Oak Park.

“Progressive Maneuvers” at Gallery PINK
Artist Susan Frankel’s “Progressive Maneuvers” exhibit will be on display until May 16. For more information, read the full article here.

Open Mic Night at Dominican University
Anyone 12-years-old and beyond are welcome to share their stories, jokes, etc. at the Dominican University Open Mic Night on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. The event will take place at the Lewis Hall Lounge, 7900 W. Division in River Forest. For more information, please email or


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